This recent selection of work investigates the physical manifestations of human relationship as it is personified in immediate surroundings. In observing the evolving physical evidence of cooperative behavioral patterns, the paintings characterize the collapse, confluence, or delineation of personal boundaries within the domestic environment. This series is still on-going.
This selection of pages is from a project entitled Winter Studies: Some Self-Portraits, which was completed in January 2013.
I constructed and hand-stitched a small, leather-bound sketchbook during the winter of 2012. Over a month or so I cataloged my “likeness” in a series of self-portraits (to varying degrees of radical interpretation). The book is a short record of daily habitual occurrences that, over time, may construct one’s self-image—at least in part. It acknowledges the occupation of winter and it’s seasonal affect on behavior and the overall tone of daily life.
The sketchbook will join a nation-wide tour in 2013 before returning to its permanent home at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. The book’s library call number is 194.83-2.
I occasionally have friends over to my studio to sit for a portrait. It’s a nice way to catch up and get in a bit of painting mileage at the same time. I like to use the opportunity to try out some new things with my palette (everyone’s skin is so different) and paint-handling techniques. Sometimes the results are better than others. I consider these all to be basically unfinished. Sittings are 1-2 hours in length.
During the summer of 2012 I participated in East Bay Open Studios. I gave my studio a deep cleaning and hung quite a bit of new work. Before dismantling everything and making a mess again, I decided to document things. The space was a part of Swarm Studios in Jack London Square. It was a great spot, but I have since moved my studio, so I am happy to have these as a small reminder of my time there.